Court in Okla. Grapples with Medical Law
Francis-Smith, Janice, THE JOURNAL RECORD
The courts have once again highlighted the limitations of a 2005 law designed to give the employer more power in workers' compensation cases.
Senate Bill 1X, passed by the Oklahoma Legislature in a special session in June 2005, gave the employer the authority to assign the treating physician for an injured worker.
If the employer and employee cannot agree on a physician, the law allows the court to appoint an independent medical examiner.
The law was intended to reduce or eliminate the problem of "dueling doctors," wherein the physician hired by the employer and the physician hired by the employee present conflicting information to the court regarding …
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